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Virtual reality and a haptic master-slave set-up in post-stroke upper-limb rehabilitation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16961191     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Since the number of stroke patients is ever growing, and since studies show that the patients can benefit from more exercise, the possible use of virtual reality and haptic devices in the rehabilitation of stroke patients is researched. Besides offering more independent and challenging exercise possibilities, the inherent registration capabilities of the haptic devices open up the possibility of monitoring patients' motions in an objective way. This research results in the implementation of a VR mock-up of an exercise in which patients use both hands and a stick to push away a ball that is tossed at them. In this mock-up, two FCS HapticMasters are used in a master-slave set-up to mimic the behaviour of the stick. The implementation of the scene shows that there are currently limitations, in the hardware as well as in the software, that cause the virtual exercise to behave differently to the real-life exercise. Consequences for the therapeutic value are subject to further research.
J A Houtsma; F J A M Van Houten
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of engineering in medicine     Volume:  220     ISSN:  0954-4119     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc Inst Mech Eng H     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-11     Completed Date:  2006-10-05     Revised Date:  2009-06-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8908934     Medline TA:  Proc Inst Mech Eng H     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  715-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Engineering Technology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Computer Graphics
Equipment Design
Equipment Failure Analysis
Exercise Therapy / instrumentation*,  methods
Movement Disorders / etiology,  rehabilitation*
Robotics / instrumentation,  methods
Stroke / complications,  rehabilitation*
Therapy, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation*,  methods
Upper Extremity*
User-Computer Interface*

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